The Obstacle is Us

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent


What prevented Jesus’ opponents from embracing the reality of his person and his mission was their own pride, and their self-assurance that he couldn’t tell them anything they didn’t already know. He may have been from Nazareth. He may have lived in Galilee. But he is from the Father. And he alone can bring us to the Father. No one, not even the best human being we know, can do that. They can bring us to Jesus. But only Jesus can bring us to the Father. What other obstacles do we place between us and God? What other pre-conditions do we demand that God meet before we permit him to reconcile us to himself and to one another? A petulant child who refuses to eat a meal prepared by a loving parent until they meet some selfish demands (let me play video games to my heart’s delight, let me leave my things wherever I want, let me eat junk food whenever I want, let me do as I please when I please for as long as I please) only harms himself. Even God cannot save us without our consent.

This mass was offered for the repose of +Mary Waters.

Rolo B Castillo © 2020